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CSUB University Day
  September 1, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

California State University, Bakersfield will celebrate the start of the new academic year and the launch of a new website during the campus' University Day program on Tuesday, Sept. 5. University Day annually inaugurates the new academic year the week before CSUB's first day of classes, which is Sept. 12. It's a day where new faculty members are introduced, various workshops and discussions are held, and CSUB President Horace Mitchell addresses the faculty and staff, setting the university's goals for the coming year.

"This year's theme, ‘Clarifying Our Vision,' sets a framework for investigating topics of importance to CSUB as we advance toward realization of our vision," Mitchell said. Mitchell will present several key points during his address, including the university's strategic plan. "It's a great opportunity for us to come together and discuss the issues of importance across the campus," he added.

There has been a great deal of excitement with the campus anticipating a record 800-plus first-time freshman, the announcement in June the university is moving to NCAA Division I athletics, and the creation of a new campus website.

Major changes besides the overall appearance of the website include:

  • The special features section, which highlights campus websites, campus-wide reports, and other information that would be of interest to the campus and the community.
  • The profiles area, located on the home page, emphasizes faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  • The top links have changed and the faculty and staff pages have now combined.
  • CSUB public safety has changed its name to university police.
  • A webpage for parents has been added.
  • The "About CSUB" page is new and provides a history of the campus, demographics, and photos.

"In an effort to make finding things easier, future and current students now have their own pages, with links specific to their needs," said Joan Canfield, director of e-learning services. "Catalogs and schedules has its own page, as do research centers and institutes and the arts. As the site develops, check back for features such as music and theatre events linked from the arts page, and new websites for Antelope Valley Center and information technology services. As these sites are developed, they will be highlighted in the special features area of the home page."

The site is a product of the first mission for CSUB's image committee, which is made up of different campus constituents. "I would like to express my gratitude to those people who contributed their time to provide much needed input into the design and navigational structure of the new website," Canfield said. "We have taken great care to address accessibility and usability in our design. Each of us has our own perspective on what links should go where, and with such a wide audience to address, finding the structure that speaks to all is not an easy task."

Canfield emphasized the site is "by no means complete" and welcomes comments and concerns. Provide feedback by logging onto and filling out the site-comment form located in the footer of the home page.